Toughie No 2847 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza
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Beam is being particularly gentle with us today – I got through this one faster than I solved the back-pager. Thanks to him for the enjoyment.
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7a Prospect in waterway containing gold (8)
PANORAMA: a well-known waterway contains a tincture of gold.
9a Fish from Billingsgate perhaps going off? (6)
ERRING: a silvery fish as a Cockney would pronounce it. Billingsgate is the name of the London fish market currently sited in Canary Wharf.
10a Theatrical group (4)
CAMP: double definition, the second being a faction.
11a Nosed around, over cocky, having grounds? (10)
PROPERTIED: a verb meaning nosed or was a busybody contains the cricket abbreviation for ‘over’ and an adjective meaning cocky or brazen.
12a Life line? (6)
CAREER: cryptic definition of one’s long-term profession.
14a Embroiled in disaster is known star (8)
15a Good view from French tower, reportedly (6)
EYEFUL: this sounds like a famous Parisian landmark.
17a Colour of cherry in seed, oddly (6)
CERISE: odd letters of ‘cherry in seed’.
20a Pawn, possibly a piece (8)
PARTICLE: the chess abbreviation for pawn and what ‘a’ is an example of grammatically.
22a Producer of empty beer vessel? No! (6)
BREWER: the outer letters of beer and a sort of jug.
23a Monkeys about with allowance for divorce (10)
SEPARATION: reverse what monkeys are and add a synonym of allowance. Strictly speaking monkeys and the required primates are not that closely related.
24a Sweetheart trapping small bug (4)
PEST: another endearment for sweetheart contains the clothing abbreviation for small.
25a For accommodation, send the invoice, say (6)
BILLET: split 4,2 this sounds like what you’d say to a supplier if you didn’t want to pay for your purchase on the spot.
26a Sportsman’s first sporting, using bad language (8)
SWEARING: the first letter of sportsman and a present participle meaning sporting or donning.
1d Beetle has one motor at full speed (8)
CARAPACE: join together what motor is an informal word for and a literary adverb meaning ‘at full speed’.
2d Pigeon sound, quiet where pigeons live (4)
COOP: the sound a pigeon makes and the musical abbreviation for quiet. Bigger birds usually live here with a pigeon’s traditional home being a different 4-letter word.
3d Hit by musician (6)
RAPPER: charade of a verb to hit and a preposition, from Latin, meaning by or by means of.
4d Write article supporting new Ecstasy drug (8)
NEPENTHE: a verb to write and our definite article follow abbreviations for new and Ecstasy.
5d Female judge on stand employing name associate (10)
FRATERNISE: assemble the abbreviation for female, a verb to judge or assess and a verb to stand up containing the abbreviation for name.
6d Hospital department’s purchasing Queen records (6)
ENTERS: a hospital department and its S contain our Queen’s regnal cipher.
8d In France the European capital turning shameless (6)
AMORAL: stick together one of the French words for ‘the’ and a European capital (as the natives spell it) then reverse everything.
13d Level match holding United finally (10)
EVENTUALLY: an adjective meaning level and a verb to match or correspond holding an abbreviation for united.
16d Endless lunch as tea? It’s indecent! (8)
UNCHASTE: our second hidden word.
18d Service is, nevertheless, no good (8)
EVENSONG: a phrase (4,2) meaning nevertheless and the abbreviation for ‘no good’.
19d Intellectual one in class (6)
GENIUS: insert the Roman numeral for one into a taxonomic class.
21d Topping on minute unfinished tart (6)
ACETIC: an adjective meaning topping or excellent precedes a minute or small period of time without its last letter.
22d Wind up supporting British sausage (6)
BANGER: a verb to wind up or infuriate follows one of the abbreviations for British.
24d Peel and remove exterior, initially (4)
PARE: an initial letters clue.
For my podium I’ve selected 12a, 20a and 22d – which one(s) got your vote?